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Pet doors can improve quality of life not just for pets but also for all household members. Our pets are naturally inclined to spending time outside After all, this is their ancestral natural habitat. There are other intrinsic benefits such as allowing them to escape dangers, expanding their living spaces, and giving them a sense of confidence.


Installing Pet Doors Into Doors

You can install pet doors on just about any vertical surface of your home. Doors, however, will always be the best options. Granted, they are made of various materials and come in various shapes, sizes, and mechanisms.

Despite that, the installation process is very similar in almost all situations. With the right home improvement skills and tools, installing can be done on a do-it-yourself basis.

How To Install A Doggie Door

In essence, installing pet doors is a matter of measuring, cutting, attaching, and finishing. You will need basic drafting and marking tools such as rulers and pencils. Moreover, you will also need cutting tools such as a jigsaw with the appropriate blades, caulking, and a putty knife. It also helps to have basic tools like screwdrivers.

Installing A Dog Door Into A Panel Door

With doors that present two or more panels, their uneven surfaces should not present a challenge. The best approach is to place the opening right at the center; you will want to leave 1.5 to 2 inches for the pet opening to clear the tallest pet?s shoulders. This is important as they will run through the pet opening as they become used to it. You will want to have them avoid hitting their back while crouching down as they walk through the opening.

You will want to pay special attention to panel doors once the doggie door is positioned and before you apply the caulk. We recommend using a silicone-based material that will remain pliable for many years.

The problem with non-silicone caulking material is that they may dry and crack, especially in sunny regions. If you need to remove the frame later on to replace the flaps, a fine bead of silicone caulking can easily be removed with a putty knife and then reapplied after you install your replacement flaps. We recommend a fine bead of caulk around the external frame of the pet door on flat surface doors as well.

Pet Door Installing Considerations

The tools you will use for installing a pet door are pretty basic. We find that the majority of our customers have no problem with the installation themselves. Moore Pet Supplies offers listings by state of pet door installers that you can contact.

The first consideration will always be the size of your pet. Keep in mind that puppies and kittens will grow larger. For this reason, you will need to know their size as adult pets. Another consideration to make is the flap mechanism for pets that are older, injured, or less mobile.

Pet Door Installation Kits

Moore Pet Supplies offers two installation kits. They will provide you with all the necessary items you may need for the process.

With our Basic Install Kit, we assume you have the tools for the job. If not, our Deluxe Install Kit will provide just about everything you need. We have purposefully keep these kits priced very conservatively as a service for our customers, we think you will agree you will not find better prices anywhere.

Should you prefer to let a professional install your pet door, we have put together a database that lists contractors in each state; you can contact these installers instead of taking on a DIY project. In case you are installing on storm doors or insulated walls, professional installers are recommended. These installers are not affiliated with Moore Pet Supplies, we only offer their contact information as a convenience to our customers.

Moore Pet Supplies Makes Pet Door Installation Easy

Since 1996, Moore Pet Supplies has been providing a convenient e-commerce platform for pet owners. Feel free to browse through our online catalog. If you are going the route of hiring an installer, give us a call and get the dog door of your choosing. This way you have a product that will work adequately for your pets and also meet your personal criteria for performance.

Do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions about installing pet doors in your home. If your installer has any questions during the install process, please have them contact us and we can assist. We are open seven days a week.






Panel / Uneven Surface Doors


Dog Door installation into a panel or irregular surface door
Dog Door installation into a flat surface door As you can see from these images, customers have the best luck when installing a pet door in the center of the door, regardless of any panel design or irregular surface. A rule of thumb is keep any cut in your door minimum of 2 inches away from the bottom edge of the door. You will not want to compromise the strength of the door. Position the pet door so that optimally you have 1.5 to 2 inches for the pet opening to clear the tallest pet's shoulders. This is important as they will run through the pet opening as they become used to it and you will want to have them avoid hitting their back or even worse crouching down when navigating the opening.

When installed a pet door into a panel surface door, you will need to caulk around the perimeter of the frame to fill in any gaps. If you use a silicone base caulk it will remain pliable for many years. Other outdoor caulking materials can dry and crack especially if in direct sunlight. If your door requires you to remove the frame later on to replace the flaps, a silicone caulk can easily be removed with a putty knife and then reapplied after you install your replacement flaps. We recommend a fine bead of caulk around the external frame of the pet door on flat surface doors as well.



Install Considerations

The tools you will use for installing a pet door are pretty basic. We find that a majority of our customers have no problem with the installation themselves. Moore Pet Supplies offers listings by state of pet door installers that you can contact if you are not comfortable yourself with the task. These installers are not affiliated with Moore Pet Supplies, we only offer their contact information as a convenience to our customers. If you are going the route of hiring an installer, give us a call and get the dog door of your choosing.  This way you have a product that will work adequately for your pets and also meet your personal criteria for performance. If your installer has any question during the install process, please have them give us a call and we can assist, we are open 7 days a week.

Installation Kits

Moore Pet Supplies offers two installation kits that will provide you with all the necessary items you may need to install a pet door into a door. With our Basic Install Kit we assume you have the tools for the job, if not, then our Deluxe Install Kit will provide just about everything you need. We have purposefully keep these install kits priced very conservatively as a service for our customers, we think you will agree you will not find better prices anywhere!

Basic Install Kit for Doors ;Deluxe Install Kit for Doors



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We encourage customers to call us with any questions or concerns. Our Customer Service Team can provide any information from product details and sizing requirements to installation guidance 1-800-829-7876.


Note about images above: The images used for illustration above feature the
High Performance MaxSeal Door Mounted Pet Door by Security Boss.
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